Fishermen Getting Loud

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The annual fishermen’s poetry, prose and music concert is being held this Friday as part of ComFish Alaska. Growing out of the open mic night that takes place at Tony’s each CrabFest, Fishermen Out Loud brings together writers and singers who headline events such as the Fisher Poets Gathering in Astoria, Oregon, each year.

Toby Sullivan, executive director of the Kodiak Maritime Museum, is the organizer. He agreed that this is not your stereotypical poetry recital.

(Fishermen 1 55 sec "I mean the first year we … I had no idea.")

He said there’s a growing tradition of occupation-specific prose- and poetry-writing in America, and the performers who come to Kodiak each year are some of the best in the country:

(Fishermen 2 39 sec "It’s an interesting combination … my living fishing, too.")

One of the regulars at Astoria, and at Kodiak’s Fishermen Out Loud, is Moe Bowstern, who has crewed on boats out of Kodiak, and loves returning here:

(Fishermen 3 29 sec "What’s really special for us … read at other venues.")

Bowstern, who also publishes the fishing ‘zine (zeen) "Xtra Tuff," said being on stage comes easy for her:

(Fishermen 4 30 sec "I grew up in an Irish … I have to say.")

In addition to Bowstern, the performers include regulars Dave Densmore, John Campbell, Erin Frestad, Pat Dixon, and newcomer Dan Crane, a Homer fisherman. Fishermen Out Loud starts at 7:30 this Friday night at the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium.

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